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The 2018 World Cup winners France head into EURO 2020 as favourites to secure a second major international triumph in succession and when you look at them as a unit, it is very easy to see why Les Bleus are so favoured by many. At TSZ, we detail the five key reasons why France will win EURO 2020.
WORLD CLASS PLAYERS WITHIN THEIR RANKS
France boasts a glittering array of superstars all over the pitch, with a number of players having made a case of being judged the best player in the world over recent seasons. One such name is midfielder N’Golo Kante. The tireless enforcer never stops running, breaking up play in the centre of the park and allowing the attackers to work their magic. Kante heads into EURO 2020 off the back of a man of the match performance in the Champions League final, helping club side Chelsea lift the trophy. Another world class performer is forward Kylian Mbappe, who has not scored less than 39 goals in each of his last three seasons at PSG. The 22-year-old’s most recent campaign for the Parisians saw him net 42 goals across 47 appearances in all competitions. Don’t forget about Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann, who picked up the man of the match award in the 2018 World Cup final alongside the Bronze Ball, awarded for being voted the third best player of the overall tournament. Griezmann will play a huge role for France at EURO 2020 and is in good form leading into the competition, netting in each of their last three matches including both warm up friendlies.
However, France don’t just contain an assortment of world class players with a weaker overall squad. They have top quality players across their entire starting XI and bench with the talent pool in French football at its highest standard in many years. Starting players include the likes of Lucas Hernandez, Presnel Kimpembe, Paul Pogba and Benjamin Pavard, whilst Jules Kounde, Clement Lenglet, Thomas Lemar and Kingsley Coman will likely have to settle for a place on the bench despite being very good players in their own right. However, to win a major tournament you must have a strong squad rather than just a strong starting XI and France know that they are well equipped to go all the way even if they pick up any unwanted injuries.
LED BY A SERIAL WINNER
In Didier Deschamps, France have a manager who knows how to win major trophies both as a player and a manager. Whether it be club football or international football, Deschamps have brought home silverware with regularity. As a captain for France, he completed the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European Championship double. Having already secured the 2018 World Cup as manager, he now has the chance to achieve the same feat in the dugout. Deschamps clearly knows how to get the best out of his players with the likes of Paul Pogba and Olivier Giroud continuously putting in outstanding performances for their country despite proving inconsistent for their respective club teams. Tactically astute and a strong motivator, it’s difficult to see any other manager or head coach outsmarting the French boss at EURO 2020.
EXPERIENCE IN WINNING A MAJOR TOURNAMENT
Many of the French squad know exactly what it takes to go all the way at EURO 2020 having been part of the squad that won the World Cup three years ago. The pressure that comes with being involved in tournament matches of such magnitude will have proven an invaluable experience for every single France player involved. Therefore, they won’t be faced when heading into a similarly intense environment at EURO 2020. Whilst other countries may wilt under the pressure of a knockout match, France will likely relish it. The 2018 World Cup saw them defeat the likes of Argentina Belgium and Croatia on their way to the trophy and that winning experience should stand their squad in good stead for this summer.
RECENT FORM HEADING INTO EURO 2020
Whilst we talk about France’s success back in 2018, perhaps more important is that they head into EURO 2020 in very good form currently. In fact, Les Bleus have tasted defeat just once since June 2019, a run of 20 matches (including friendlies). They have not been beaten in their last 16 competitive fixtures, winning 13 of those and won eight of their ten EURO 2020 qualification games. Such form will see them enter the tournament full of momentum and in hugely confident mood, another reason as to why we see them as EURO 2020 winners.
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